AV Monitoring Product Unveiled

Feb. 20, 2019—Dan Peate created Avinew, which is an insurance product that will monitor a driver's use of autonomous vehicle features on cars made by Nissan, Ford, Tesla and Cadillac and determine discounts based on how the feature is used, reported Insurance Journal.

Peate created the product with $5 million in seed funding led by Los Angeles' Crosscut Ventures. 

 Avinew has agreements with most manufacturers, and is working to tie up the rest, Peate said, allowing it to access driving data once a customer gives it permission. 

With more than 90 percent of accidents caused by human error, taking the driver out of the equation is going to mean big changes for insurers, according to the report.

BPSA Charges Ahead with New E-Bike Training

Boulder, CO: Following the successful launch of the Charged Upvideo staff training program in March 2017, the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) today released the second series on the Myagi training site. Here’s the link: https://myagi.com/s/chargedup2

Charged Up 2 presents five more training videos to shop staff and also includes a consumer-facing segment to be offered to retailers for their own sites through SmartEtailing, the NBDA, and several brands (Shimano, Giant, Raleigh Electric and CSG). See the first training video and the consumer video.  

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NFL OTs, Sharks vs. Capitals Thriller Results Lead First-Ever Thuuz Sports Monthly Most Exciting Rankings

New Monthly Leaderboard Will Quantify The Most Exciting Games Across Sports As Measured By Thuuz Propriety Excitement Measurement System

Feb. 5, 2019 / PRZen / PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Thuuz Sports, the most powerful automated video highlights production platform for worldwide sports, today announced a new monthly feature measuring the most exciting games across all broadcast sports events. Using their custom designed algorithms to measure real-time event excitement, Thuuz provides a unique look into what games have gotten fans the most excited and engaged as 2019 rolls along.  In January, two NFL League Championship overtime thrillers led the top ten, followed by the NHL matchup between the San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals. The NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets were the only two teams to make it on to the list twice for the month, and two men's NCAA games also cracked the list.

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Insurtech Geared to Autonomous Vehicle Coverage Grabs $5 Million in Funding

A startup focused on rewarding drivers and fleet owners that use autonomous vehicles and semi-autonomous car safety features has raised $5 million in seed funding.

California-based Avinew’s technology uses artificial intelligence and telematics to gather driving data that can tell when a vehicle is in autopilot mode or is using advanced safety features. That data can then be used by insurers to offer coverage that rewards drivers and fleets using these vehicles and features.

Avinew is a technology company that is now working with insurers but someday hopes to be an insurer itself, a spokesperson said.

To date, Tesla, Mercedes, Ford, GM, Nissan, Audi and Volvo vehicles will be eligible, the California startup said.

Crosscut led the financing round. American Family’s venture arm, American Family Ventures, also participated, along with Draper Frontier and RPM Ventures.

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MomentFeed Named One of the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles for 2019

MomentFeed, the leader in mobile consumer experience management for multi-location brands, is proud to announce the company has been named one of the 2019 “100 Best Places to Work in Los Angeles” by Built In Los Angeles, an online community for Los Angeles-based startups and technology companies. 

This award recognizes businesses that go out of their way to provide employees with the support—both financial and non-financial—needed to thrive in today’s workplace. The list of the top 100 companies helps job seekers hone their searches on companies like MomentFeed that offer proven perks, compensation, social impact, and health and wellness benefits to create a positive and fulfilling work environment. 

“We recognize that our people are our greatest assets, as each and every employee plays a critical role in our company’s overall success,” said Robert Blatt, CEO and Chairman of MomentFeed. “To that end, we invest accordingly to give all team members the support and resources to be as innovative, creative, balanced and motivated as possible. I firmly believe that the secret to any successful company today can be found in the happiness of their employees, otherwise we’ve failed as CEOs and leaders.”

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